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New York (AirGuide - Airline News Africa / Middle East) Feb 15, 2010

Air Uganda

After the reversal of the failed business policies introduced by what turned out to be a bunch of hapless managers, Air Uganda is now seemingly flying into better territory again. After losing multi-millions of US dollars in less than two years, during which two CEOs and two commercial directors came and went, new CEO Hugh Fraser upon his arrival last year promptly returned to the original business plan upon which the development of the company was originally based and brought in Bombardier CRJ aircraft, a move which permitted the company to fly more economically on their scheduled routes. The aged MD 87s, which were used by U7 following a disastrous start with stone-aged DC9s, are reportedly on the way out now (apparently only one remains at present but is also due to be offloaded), making way for the arrival of more CRJ aircraft in the coming weeks and months. Feb 10, 2010

Ethiopian Airlines

Ethiopian Airlines 737-800's flight data recorders were recovered from the Mediterranean Sea over the weekend and sent to France for study, the carrier said. The Jan. 25 crash killed all 90 people onboard. Feb 9, 2010

Ethiopian Airlines

One of the flight recorders from the Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737-800 which crashed off the Lebanese coast last month has been recovered. The Lebanese defence ministry confirms in a statement that the recorder has been retrieved and returned to Beirut for transfer to the commission of inquiry. It states that the vessel Ocean Alert, which has been undertaking work to detect the wreckage about 3km off the coast south of Beirut, is to conduct imaging to aid the retrieval of aircraft sections and victims. Another ship, the heavy-lifting vessel USNS Grapple, is participating in the recovery effort. Feb 8, 2010

Ethiopian Airlines, Boeing

"Explosion is ruled out" in Beirut crash. Last month's fatal crash of an Ethiopian Airlines jet was not caused by a bomb, Lebanon's transport minister said Thursday. "An explosion is ruled out," Ghazi Aridi told reporters at a news conference, explaining that the flight data recorder on the Boeing 737 documented normal operations "until the moment of the crash." But Ethiopian Airlines said it is still too early to rule out sabotage in the crash, which killed 90. "The investigation is still in its early stage," the company noted on its Web site. Feb 12, 2010


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